Categories

by Alexa Dexa

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Categories is a sequence of nightmares interpreted into music through Alexa Dexa's aleatoric process of letter categorization. Each vowel and common consonants R, L, S, T, N were assigned a note. Every letter without a note was assigned a rest. All letters were treated as one quarter note. Using a grid, each concise nightmare telling was translated into a melody. Perhaps people aren’t meant to fully remember nightmares. Maybe forgetting is more humane.

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CLEANSE
gymnasium of playtime
arts and crafts in gamelan
need to clean

INTRIGUE
rushing to make a deadline
camper van statues
intrigue

INSTANTLY
massive frozen
melts down to size
instantly

OVERBOARD
overboard sharks
swim to avoid
metal dome safety

SCHEDULE
unable to find
paper schedule
within my many papers

WAITING
cover up dark eye circles
afraid to miss
waiting

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released May 1, 2020
Composed by Alexa Dexa for robot toy piano, 5 toy record players with custom 3D printed toy records, custom Max patch, pre-programmed ambient electronic sequence, a field recording of Alexa singing with Croatia's sea organ, 5 speakers, and 1 performer.

Performed and recorded live by Alexa Dexa as part of Phyllis Chen's 2017 UnCaged Toy Piano Festival with Ranjit Bhatnagar's robot toy piano at Roulette in Brooklyn, NY.

Photo by Ben Semisch from Alexa Dexa's 2018 Omaha Under the Radar performance of Categories.

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Alexa Dexa New York, New York

Alexa Dexa is a XxgrandmacoreXx toychestral electroacoustic composer-performer operating in a do-it-yourself/do-it-together capacity to deconstruct the harms of patriarchy using music as a tool of transformative self-care. Her/Their collection of toy instruments
rivals a playpen.
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